Position: PhD students

Molecular Biology, Institute of Biochemistry and Biology, University of Potsdam, Germany

Ciaran Rühmkorff completed both his B.Sc. in biology, as well as his M.Sc. in technical biology at the TU Darmstadt. He first became acquainted with synthetic biology during his bachelor thesis when he worked on aptamer-based gene expression switches in mammalian cells. Subsequently, his master thesis, which falls within the area of protein engineering, aimed at utilizing sequence specific protease as proteolytic switches in Escherichia coli. Now undertaking his PhD thesis (commenced in August 2020), he aims to improve the heterologous production of terpenoids in Saccaromyces cerevisiae with the aid of synthetic tools. So far, these synthetic tools comprise a promoter engineering approach as well as a design, which might allow substrate channelling on small cellular lipid storage chambers, called lipid droplets.

EU PlantaSYST has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, project PlantaSYST (SGA-CSA No. 739582 under FPA No. 664620), and the BG05M2OP001-1.003-001-C01 project, financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the "Science and Education for Smart Growth" Operational Programme SESG
  Calls: H2020-WIDESPREAD-2014-2015, Topic: WIDESPREAD-1-2014: Teaming, and H2020-WIDESPREAD-2016-2017, Topic: H2020-WIDESPREAD-01-2016-2017: TeamingPhase2